fall short of


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.

fall short of (something)

To not meet or reach something, usually a goal, standard, or requirement. The phone falls quite short of the company's usual quality, feeling a bit cheap as a result. Unfortunately, your application fell short of the requirements for entry, so it has been denied. The company fell short of their quarterly targets for the third time in a row.
See also: fall, of, short

fall short of

Prove inadequate or insufficient. For example, His skills fell short of the required standard. [Late 1500s]
See also: fall, of, short
References in periodicals archive ?
At the June meeting, Toshikatsu Fukuma proposed reducing the target to a 27 trillion to 32 trillion yen range and removing the phrase that the BOJ could allow the current account balance to temporarily fall short of the target range, according to the minutes of the meeting.
Perception is everything, however, and students who fall short of the Top Ten mark believe they will have more success applying elsewhere.
30, the annual revenues are likely to fall short of the estimated amount, they said, blaming the prolonged economic slump, which reduced revenues from residential taxes and other local taxes.
Total wheat production is expected to fall short of 2 billion bushels for the first time in a decade.
He said more than 70% of major companies in Japan fall short of the legal employment ratio.
Corporate sponsorship revenue for JASA, which governs Japan's amateur sports, is forecast to fall short of the original target by 62 million yen, while a 19 million yen shortage is also seen in public donations.
The two-year deficit elimination plan includes a mechanism that triggers expenditure reduction if actual operations fall short of the plan.
Although direct mail can be quite effective, the results can fall short of their potential if the program is not implemented properly.
But Interstate Brands' "Lite" and Schmidt's "Less" fall short of this figure.
The ServiceMaster Company (NYSE:SVM) today announced that, based on preliminary results, its third quarter and full year performance will fall short of management estimates.
THIS summer looks set to have been the wettest since UK rainfall records began in 1914, Met Office figures revealed - but Wales may thankfully fall short of its own record.
dropped 17 percent in trading Friday after the gambling company said it will fall short of Wall Street's second-quarter estimates.
NASDAQ: HBGI) today announced that while its 1992 revenues, operating profits and earnings will be above last year's levels, they will fall short of analysts' estimates.
As previously reported, the Company expects third quarter 2004 results will fall short of the results of the second quarter of 2004 but to significantly exceed the results of the third quarter of 2003.
That income would fall short of Amgen's 29-cent-per-share mark in the third quarter of 1999, but analysts say the company has strong growth potential.